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Waterways Cleanup Guide

Sep 14, 2018


Priscilla the fish is made out of trash collected from the ocean and beaches. She was designed by Angela Haseltine PozziWhat if I told you last year there were 2,412,151 cigarette butts or 1,739743 food wrappers all collected from beach cleanups.Shocking, right? Well here’s one more: enough balloons were collected to lift a great white shark according to Ocean Conservancy in 2017. All that trash would still be on the beaches if people like you didn’t help.

This year International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 15, 2018. There are cleanups taking place all over the world; many in Sonoma County. So, choose your beach or river and come out and make a difference. Let’s try and get all the trash out before the rains come. 

If you cannot make the September 15th cleanup there are other ongoing/monthly events throughout the county.

Approximate addresses for some locations.  

Coastwalk's 2018 annual costal clean up dayCoastwalk - California Coastal Clean-up Day

Sept 15th 9am-12pm 
Register at:
Cleanup 9-12 and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on the coast from 1-3 (details and tickets for the picnic provided to registered volunteers when you show up at the clean-up site) Volunteers MUST pre-register at  where you findout the exact location of every beach clean-up, register to volunteer at one of those locations or choose and register for an inland waterway clean-up location If you have a group larger than 10 or need more information please contact us at:

Beaches to choose from (North to South)

Gualala Regional Park - 42401 CA-1, Gualala
Russian Gulch18794 Shoreline Hwy, Jenner
Goat Rock Beach- 
Blind Beach- Goat Rock Rd, Jenner
Younger members of the Coastwalk CrewShell Beach- Bodega Bay
Wright’s Beach- 7095 CA-1, Bodega Bay
Duncan’s Landing- Bodega Bay
Portuguese Beach- Bodega Bay
Schoolhouse Beach- Bodega Bay
North Salmon Creek- 3095 CA-1, Bodega Bay
South Salmon Creek- Salmon Creek, Jenner 
Bodega Dunes-Salmon Creek, Jenner
Campbell Cove-
Bodega Head-Bodega Bay
Bird Walk Coastal Access- 355 CA-1, Bodega Bay
(FULL) Doran Regional Park- 201 Doran Beach Rd, Bodega Bay
Pinnacle Gulch Beach- Bodega Bay

Estero Americano- Valley Ford


Russian Riverkeeper has been successfully protecting the River since 1993Sept 15th 8am-1pm
31st Annual Russian River Watershed Cleanup
Register at:
Russian Riverkeeper will be organizing and conducting cleanup operations on the Russian River from Ukiah to Monte Rio. Last year over 450 volunteers turned out for RRWCU, and this year we predict a robust turnout. We look forward to having your help again for the 31st annual running of this important event. Let's get as much trash out of the river before the rains come and take it out to our ocean!
River Cleanup Schedule
8:00 – Leaders arrive to help set up
8:15 – Leader meeting
8:30 – Participants start to arrive/Leaders start to sign in participants
9:00 – Team Leaders meet with their groups; safety and logistics orientation
9:15 – All volunteers have departed for their assigned beaches or canoe routes
12:00 – 3:00 All team leaders have checked in, all supplies and volunteers are accounted for
12:00 – ? Trash is now collected and sorted. Trash is hauled off to landfill and tonnages are recorded
Check-In Locations:
Ukiah- yet to be determined see
Cloverdale- 490 East First Street, Cloverdale
Healdsburg/Windsor 13100 Healdsburg Avenue (Park & Ride, Healdsburg Ave/Grant Ave) Healdsburg
Steelhead Beach- 9000 River Road, Forestville
Guerneville/Johnson’s Beach
Monte Rio Beach20488 CA-116, Monte Rio

Russian RiverKeeper only allows expert paddlers

Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

Laguna de Santa Rosa FoundationSept 15th 9am-12pm Sebastopol
The Great Laguna Cleanup (Part of Coastal Cleanup Day)
Location-200 Morris Street (Americorps Trailhead between Laguna Parkway and McKinley Streets (next to The Barlow). There is parking along Morris Street.
Pull on gloves and grab a bucket to pick up trash along the Laguna! Help us cleanup the Laguna Wetlands Preserve before the rain starts falling and washes trash into our waterways and ocean. 
Laguna Foundation Staff and Guides will also provide a dynamic and engaging educational component to the workday. Info. 707- 527-9277 ext. 101 Email:

Fall Petaluma River Cleanup

Friends of the Petaluma RiverSept 15th – 9am-12pm  
Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma
Register at:
Help stop inland pollution before it reaches our coasts and ocean. We’ll start the day with snacks, equipment check-out and a brief safety talk and welcome. Then we’ll head out to 16 different locations along the River and its tributaries to help improve water quality and protect habitat. Friends will provide a BBQ with live music, educational activities and a raffle for volunteers at noon.
Contact Stephanie Bastianon with questions, 707-763-7756 or

Sonoma Ecology Center

Sonoma Ecology CenterSept 15th 9am-12pm Sonoma 
Register through Coastwalk:
Please join us at locations throughout Sonoma Valley for the local cleanup of the headwaters of our coastal streams. Bring sunscreen, closed toed shoes, plenty of water. We will be providing the latex gloves/work gloves and trash claws. Feel free to bring plastic bags you may have (to collect garbage) Ecology Center will provide more bags. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. The Sonoma For more info on Coastal Cleanup Day in Sonoma Valley contact Patrick Willis 707-996-0712 ext. 126 or at 
Fryer Creek 477 West Napa, Sonoma (Safeway’s back parking lot)
Nathanson Creek - E. MacArthur and 2nd St. East, Sonoma (125 East MacArthur St. for reference- Nathanson Preserve Demo Garden)

Sonoma County Regional Parks

Sonoma County Regional ParksSept 15th 9am-12pm
Be a part of an international movement with millions of people who have joined the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect our oceans. You can make a difference locally by removing trash from beaches, rivers, and creeks that you love with Regional Parks and other partners for the annual California Coastal Cleanup. 
Doran Regional Park- 201 Doran Beach Rd, Bodega Bay
Steelhead Beach Regional Park- 9000 River Road, Forestville
Sunset Beach River Park
Maxwell Farms Regional Park
Larson ParkLarson Park, Sonoma
Gualala Point Regional Park
Info. John Ryan at (707) 565-3356


City of Santa Rosa

City of Santa Rosa Annual Sonoma County Creek to Coast Clean Up34th Annual Sonoma County Creek to Coast Clean Up
Sept 15th 9:30-12pm Santa Rosa
Location: 1698 Hazel Street (Olive Park Footbridge)
Keep the beaches clean! Join the 34rd Annual Sonoma County Creek to Coast Cleanup. Santa Rosa’s 100 miles of creeks flow to the Russian River and then out to the Pacific Ocean. Up to 80 % of ocean debris originates from land-based sources. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. (ages 5 and up).

Volunteers hike down to the beach clean up!

Sonoma Coast Surfrider Beach Clean Up

Surf Rider FoundationSept 3rd 11am-2pm Bodega Bay
North Salmon Creek 3095 CA-1, Bodega Bay
Look for the Surfrider canopy in the North Salmon Creek parking lot, located 0.3 miles south of 3095 Highway 1
Please spend some time on Labor Day to help us remove marine debris and garbage from the beach-every piece removed is saving coastal and ocean wildlife. Salmon Creek Beach is a NO DOG beach due to snowy plover habitat so please leave your furry friends at home. 

Please bring a bucket if you can, some work gloves, and dress appropriately as the weather is unpredictable; closed-toe shoes and a windbreaker always a smart choice.  Don’t forget your reusable water bottle. We supply latex gloves, pick-up sticks, buckets, and stoke! Info. Sarah Heyne .

Clean River Alliance 

Clean River Alliance Russian RiverSept 15th 9:30am-12 Santa Rosa
Prince Memorial Greenway - 105 Orange St, Santa Rosa (Meet at Olive Park)
The City of Santa Rosa Creek Stewardship Program will be conducting this cleanup in connection with Watershed Cleanup Day. Help take care of Santa Rosa Creek in the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation.

Watershed cleanup volunteers are the NICEST people - Join us!

Action Network

Action NetworkSept 15th. 9am - 12pm. Volunteer Appreciation Picnic 1pm - 3pm. Please contact Sienna Lampi  at Action Network info@actionnetwork  or 707-884-541. Action network is a comprehensive non-profit organization of the commUNITY for the commUNITY. Offering services, programs, training and activities to meet the growing needs of individuals and families of all ages and all backgrounds. Our assistance covers the Redwood Coast(as the bi-county region of Northern California coastal and ridge communities) spanning Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, from Fort Ross to Elk.

Roseland Action 

Roseland Action joining with the Community Action PartnershipOct 27th at 10am Santa Rosa
Meet at:
1683 Burbank Ave (Roseland Creek Elementary School) 
Roseland Creek Clean up and also a Roseland Neighbor Wood cleanup. We will be working along the creek between 1370 Burbank Ave. and 1400 Burbank Ave. There will be refreshments and we are joining with the Community Action Partnership group doing the Community Involvement efforts in Roseland as well as the Southwest Area Health Action Team. Info. 707-575-5549.

Ongoing Programs

The City Of Santa Rosa and Clean River Alliance
The City of Santa Rosa Creek Stewardship Program conducts these monthly cleanups
Sept 1st 10am-12pm 
First Saturday Cleanup- Santa Rosa Creek
Prince Memorial Greenway - 105 Orange St, Santa Rosa (Meet at Olive Park)
Sept 1st 10am-1pm 
First Saturday cleanup - Salmon Creek Beach
Info: Keary & Sally Sorenson
Sept 15th 9:30-12pm 
Third Saturday Cleanup - Santa Rosa Creek
Prince Memorial Greenway- 105 Orange St, Santa Rosa (Meet at Olive Park)
This cleanup is in connection with Watershed Cleanup Day. Info:
Sept 23, 10am-12pm
Last Sunday Cleanup, a roving monthly cleanup on locations throughout the Russian River watershed. Location TBA. Oct 6th 10am-12pm
First Saturday Cleanup- Santa Rosa Creek
Prince Memorial Greenway - 105 Orange St, Santa Rosa (Meet at Olive Park)
Oct 20th 10am-12pm Colgan Creek Volunteer Days (ages 8+)
Elsie Allen High School: 599 Bellevue Ave, Santa Rosa
Help the community cleanup and nurture the restored Colgan Creek. Learn about the many native California plants that grow along creeks and help them establish a foothold in their first years. Tools and refreshments provided.
Sept 23, 10am-12pm
Last Sunday Cleanup, a roving monthly cleanup on locations throughout the Russian River watershed. Location TBA. For
Oct 27 9:30-11:30am
Flat Rock Park Volunteer Days (ages 8+)
Flat Rock Footbridge:4227 Flat Rock Circle, Santa Rosa
Help take care of the Brush Creek Restoration Area and Flat Rock Park. Learn about native California riparian plants and how they provide food and shelter for fish and wildlife. Heavy rain cancels, in light rain the work continues. Info:

Laguna Stewardship Days

9am-12pm Sept. – May. Volunteers assist in willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and a friend! No RSVP required. For locations and more information contact Brent Reed, Restoration Projects Manager 707-527-9277 x.101

Park-A-Month Volunteer Program

9am-12pm, rain or shine
2nd Saturday of the month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks. 707-543-3279
September 8, 2018South Davis Park, Santa Rosa
October 13, 2018: Steele Lane Park,130 Schurman Dr, Santa Rosa
November 10, 2018: Steele Lane Community Center- 
December 8, 2018: Bennett Valley Senior Center- 

Clean up crew strategizing

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods stewardship programs

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is involved in many stewardship projects. The Willow Creek Watershed Restoration Project was a multi-million dollar project. Stewards acted as the fiscal agent for over $1 million in restoration efforts in the watershed, which resulted in the return of coho to the watershed after 10 years of work by many agencies, private enterprise, and nonprofit partners. We encourage new volunteers entering one of the Stewardship Programs to attend one of the three general orientations for new or returning volunteers and education seminars that cover their areas of interest.
Opportunities include:
Armstrong/Austin Creek Trail Crew
Sonoma Coast Trail Crew
Earth Day Cleanup
Fife Creek Restoration
Willow Creek Restoration
Info. Sarah Angulo via email or phone at 707-869-9177 ext 5 or


The Coastal Commission runs a year-round cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach®. Help us keep the California coast debris-free all year long. Info:

School Yard Clean Up

Want your students to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day but can’t get them out on a field trip to a beach or local waterway? Want to show them that environmentally responsible behavior can begin at their school and in their own neighborhood? You can organize a Schoolyard Cleanup and accomplish all of these goals. Info.


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